Four Seasons
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Raining in Hong Kong today. We were planning to take the kids on the ferry, go to the other side to buy toys and Nike shoes and have the air removed from Marky’s basketball. They also want to eat Filipino food (read: KFC).
Last night we went downstairs to take a look at the pool area.


Ben and Markus love


Not too shabby.


The spa

Four Seasons HK

Dropped by Ana‘s room upstairs where she and deniece and denephews were having a Good Friday picnic


Bless this mess.

John Mayer can’t hold a candle to this


Seriously, I love these kids, but I hope they leave a tip for the chambermaid!


I want to stay here
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At noon, we left the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel to move to the Four Seasons in Central.
The drive took about 35 minutes. When we got here the rooms weren’t ready so we took the subway to Times Square to eat.
From there, the boys went to Ocean Park, while I went to the wastelands of City Super and Sogo—too many people.
For some reason I don’t feel like shopping so much.
Yesterday Cedric and I were talking about all the clothes we haven’t worn from past trips to Hong Kong. And so, I won’t force myself to shop on this trip. It is, after all, Good Friday.
In Causeway, I went to the Wun Ying Gallery of Carrie Chau but couldn’t find a new thing to buy as I have most of her merchandise (a lot of them unused).

Wun Ying Gallery
Wun Ying Gallery
Wun Ying gallery

My favorite things are the Carrie Chau Octopus charms you can use on the subway or convenience stores.


I got a text from Jeroen that Ocean Park was done, so I headed back to the hotel where the rooms were ready.
And here I am now.

Four Seasons HK

I can’t tell you how lovely this room is, my camera cannot capture it. I don’t want to leave.
The bathroom alone is a religious experience. Again, my camera isn’t good enough.

Four Seasons HK
Four Seasons HK
Four Seasons HK

I love my closet, which is separate from Jeroen’s closet. So much storage space here.

I love my closet

Here’s the kids’ room


And their treats

Welcome treats for the boys

The internet here is wireless and much cheaper than Hong Kong Disney. They gave me two options—slow or fast internet. I wanted to save money so I chose slow internet. Here’s the speed.

Four Seasons HK Speedtest

I’m having a migraine now either due to heat, hunger, old age, or all of the above, so I’m gonna take a very luxurious nap.
I love this bed.

We are stressing over a ball
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It’s a beautiful day in Hong Kong and we are stressing over a ball.

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

As far as I know, NAIA is the only airport that X-rays your luggage before you can even enter the airport.
On Wednesday, the guy who checks the monitor spotted my 7-year-old son’s basketball inside the luggage and said we would have to leave it behind as “air” is not allowed inside the luggage. WTF.
My son started to stress and Jeroen was frantically thinking of how to remove the “air” from the basketball.
I told them not to worry as I knew an airport escort who could keep the ball for us until we returned to Manila.
Upon hearing that (with the traffic building up behind us) the X-ray dude let us go.
So now my dear son and husband are stressing over how to remove the air as we return with the ball to Manila on Easter Sunday.
Is there anyone in Cathay Pacific who could verify if we can take this ball home as it is?
We are trying to call Cathay, but the phone in this hotel is not user-friendly. It is stressing us more trying to get a call through Cathay Pacific.
Please leave a comment if you know whether balls are not allowed to travel on planes.
Thank you in advance and I shall miss this, Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Please vote for my eggs!
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Most recently, Eastwood City and Newport City Malls asked a bunch of us to decorate giant easter eggs for charity.
Those participating are Alyanna Martinez, Joey Mead, Tessa Valdes, Tim Yap, Will de Vaughn, Hideo Muraoka, Divine Lee, Angelica Panganiban, Rajo Laurel and myself.
I only had a few days to work, so I asked help from Nikki Luna, my sister Ana Zamora and Carlos Rosales.
Special thanks go to the kind workers of True Value at Rockwell Mall and our house help Mariza and Gina who helped me cut so many pictures of these lolas.

My egg


My egg

My egg is dedicated to the lolas in Lipa, which is my chosen charity.
If I win, the Php 100,000 prize will go towards building a water well for the home of the abandoned elderly run by the Missionaries of the Catechism in Marawoy, Lipa, Batangas.
For more than 13 years now, our family has been great friends with the nuns of Lipa who are very much a part of our family.

The nuns love him

Ben plays for them

Ben plays for the nuns at home

They helped us clean up after Ondoy

The nuns are a godsend

Ten years ago, we, along with family and friends, helped them build a kindergarten in loving memory of Jeroen’s mom, Wil van Straten, who loved the nuns of Lipa.
Most recently, we’ve been helping them finish a home for Lipa’s abandoned lolas, ages 80-100.
My contribution was to furnish all their bathrooms, hehe.

For Lipa
For Lipa

Although the facility is nearly done, there is a water problem. Php 500,000 is what they need to finish the project.
Therefore, the Php 100,000 prize from the Easter Egg would take care of 20% of the cost. If I win, I promise to double this amount. (If I don’t I will help them raise the money anyway.)
Take a look at the lolas that would benefit greatly from this project.
She is 90 years old.

This lola just latched on to Jeroen

Most of them abandoned, unwanted, and found on the streets of Lipa

The old folks of Lipa

Some of them just steps away from the gates of heaven

Home for the aged, Lipa
Our friends in Lipa

And they need our help

The old folks of Lipa

Help us to help the nuns make their lives more comfortable in their twilight years.

This nanay just latched on to Jeroen

Here’s how:

1) To vote, you must have a Facebook account.
2) Go to Eastwood City and Newport City‘s Facebook pages and like them.
3) Like my egg here.
4) And like my egg here.
5) 1 Like = 1 Vote.
As of this posting, I am at number 4 only, so please help augment my votes!


6) Each egg represents a celebrity’s chosen charity and the most number of combined likes from both pages, plus votes during the launch will be considered the winner.
7) Online voting period is from April 11 to May 12. Winner will be announced on May 13.
Thank you very much in advance for your vote!! I shall be writing again about the lolas in Lipa from our last visit.

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